Do Root Canals Cause Pain? By Dr. Hodges on April 30, 2011

While many people have heard the term “root canal,” they may not be exactly aware with what one involves. In some cases, a root canal treatment is necessary to ensure the health of a tooth as well as other structure of the mouth. Our Philadelphia endodontist and the entire team here at the office would like to take a quick look at what a root canal is, what it involves, and what you can expect from treatment.

Also referred to as endodontic therapy or endodontic treatment, root canal therapy refers to ways in which an endodontics expert can help fix the root canals within a root. The root canals within the tooth are the interior structures of the tooth which are filled with tissue referred to as dentla pulp. This interios structure hat comprises the crown of the tooth as well as much of the tooth root. This is filled with dental pulp, which contains nerve endings. If the interior structure of a tooth becomes infected, it can lead to severe pain and discomfort and may even effect your gums and jawbone.

The Philadelphia root canal therapy procedure will involve the removal of the infected dental pulp from the tooth so the chamber within the tooth can be filled with a safe and solid material.

Pain is a major concern for root canal therapy, and the procedure does have an unwarranted reputation for being extremely painful. The fact of the matter is that root canal therapy is generally safe and low on discomfort and pain. In order to access the dental chamber, the tooth will need to be drilled, but this causes no more pain than getting a regular dental filling. Before the dental pulp is removed from the tooth, anesthetic is used to dull any discomfort for the rest of the procedure. Pain after the root canal procedure is minimal.

For more information on root canal therapy and other dental health matters, please contact our Philadelphia endodontics practice today.

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